Granted, paint always increases the beauty and value of any property, but it definitely does more than that. One of its primary purposes is to help protect and maintain the house, making sure that dust, dirt, and moisture don’t immediately seep into the house, causing its early deterioration.
When it comes to painting the exteriors, therefore, you need to remember the following:
Prepare for it. The lack of preparation usually means one thing: disaster. There are definitely some surprises along the way—e.g., the painting doesn’t match the house theme, but when you’ve come prepared, you can easily find the most ideal solution to the problem.
Find the right time. Paints are prone to temperature changes, more so if they are applied outside the house. Paint when there’s enough shade since sun can quickly dry the paint and cause blistering and lap marks in the process. You shouldn’t also paint when there’s an incoming rain or wind.
Take your time. One of the reasons why you should plan ahead is because it’s always best to paint at a good pacing. It helps you think, pause, and assess, guaranteeing you’re using the right color, equipment, etc.
Invest in good painting equipment. Never scrimp on tools and equipment. They can definitely affect the overall look of the finished job, and bad tools more often than not generate bad results.
Find paints made for the exteriors. Some paints have been designed primarily for exterior use. They are normally for concrete and with compounds or components that make them more weather resistant. As for colors, you wouldn’t have to worry about it since manufacturers have already come up with a rainbow of them.
Watch out for the corners. A huge challenge when painting the exteriors is the corners. The spots can be very tight that it’s highly possible the paint job is uneven or you get to paint areas that you should not have in the first place. Many tools, however, can help you tackle that issue.
Use a painting pole. Can’t reach high walls? Though ladders are great, they don’t always come in handy, and they let you paint in very limited spaces only. If you want to cover more area at a shorter time frame, then use a painting pole. Usually, it already comes with a roller. As its name suggests, it allows you to reach very high areas such as near the gutters or roofs.
Prep the walls. If the house has been painted before, then you need to do some prepping before you can paint over it. Otherwise, the newer paint will just peel off fast. Prepping can take a lot of time, as it may involve sanding, cleaning, caulking, and filling out holes and marks. You also need to prime the walls again.
Work with a professional. Painting is fun, but it’s not easy as you’d like to think. Moreover, if you’re inexperienced, you can commit a lot of costly mistakes. Rather than go through the time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process, let professionals do it for you.